WFD Foodathon Awards Ceremony

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Join the Foodathon Award Ceremony and discover who the winners are!

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More than 100 students from Africa and Europe are taking part in an intensive two-day innovation and creativity hackathon with the aim to develop solutions for key agri-food challenges and leading to the generation of new business ideas. The Foodathon coincides with UN World Food Day 2021.

On 15 October, the winners of the Foodathon will be announced during the Award Ceremony.

The WFD Foodathon is organised by EIT Food and JA Europe.

In partnership with EUROPEN and with the support of Bayer, FoodDrinkEurope and JA Africa.


12.15-12.25 Welcome address

  • Raschad Al-Khafaji, Director, Liaison Office with the European Union and Belgium, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
  • Simi Nwogugu, CEO JA Africa
  • Karen Fabbri, Deputy Head of Unit Bioeconomy & Food Systems, Directorate General for Research and innovation, European Commission

12.25-12.45 Foodathon Award Ceremony: announcement of the winners

  • Francesca Stevens, Managing Director, EUROPEN
  • Phil Taylor, Open Innovation Lead - Crop Science R&D, Bayer
  • Mario Roccaro, Education Programme Manager Education, EIT Food

12.45-12.55 Closing remarks

  • Dr Andy Zynga, CEO EIT Food
  • Salvatore Nigro, CEO JA Europe

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Organiser JA Europe

Organiser of WFD Foodathon Awards Ceremony

We are Europe’s largest provider of education programmes for entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy.

JA Europe is the largest non-profit in Europe dedicated to preparing young people for employment and entrepreneurship. JA Europe is a member of JA Worldwide® which for 100 years has delivered hands on, experiential learning in entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. JA creates pathways for employability, job creation and financial success.
Last school year, the JA network in Europe reached more than 4 million young people across 40 countries with the support of 140,000 business volunteers and 130,000 teachers/educators.

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